Making Sense out of Pain and Suffering
"Jesus implies that the Christian has learned the secret of an alchemy by which the base metal of injustice and consequent suffering can be turned into the gold of character and into the gold of the purposes of the kingdom of God."
—Herbert Lockyer, Dark Threads the Weaver Needs
Suffering is an age–old question that has puzzled the people of God since time began. After all, if our God is both a loving and an all–powerful being, why does He allow such pain and suffering in the world?
At the age of eighty–two, legendary Bible scholar Dr. Herbert Lockyer took on this question. As he watched his wife of sixty–six years slowly fade from loving spouse to an incapacitated person who needed his constant care, it caused him to look upon her afflicted, helpless form, and ask, O my God, why?
In this outstanding work, Lockyer does not present ideas on how to cope with suffering but teaches how to pass through it, removing self–pity and using personal trials as a springboard to help others. In the midst of his darkest hour, Lockyer examines the problem of human suffering in light of God's love and His eternal plan.
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When Dr. Herbert Lockyer (1886–1984) was first deciding on a career, he considered becoming an actor. Tall and well–spoken, he seemed a natural for the theater. But the Lord had something better in mind. Instead of the stage, God called Herbert to the pulpit, where as a pastor, Bible teacher, and author of more than fifty books, he touched the hearts and lives of millions of people.
Dr. Lockyer held pastorates in Scotland and England for twenty–five years. As pastor of Leeds Road Baptist Church in Bradford, England, he became a leader in the Keswick Higher Life Movement, which emphasized the significance of living in the fullness of the Holy Spirit. This led to an invitation to speak at the Moody Bible Institute's fiftieth anniversary in 1936. His warm reception at that event led to his ministry in the United States. He received honorary degrees from both the Northwestern Evangelical Seminary and the International Academy in London.
In 1955, he returned to England, where he lived for many years. He then returned to the United States, where he spent the final years of his life in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his son, the Rev. Herbert Lockyer Jr., a Presbyterian minister who became his editor.
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